Penn Biologist David S. Roos Elected to the American Academy of Microbiology

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Media Contact:Jordan Reese | jreese@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604March 15, 2010

PHILADELPHIA –- David S. Roos, the E. Otis Kendall Professor of Biology at the University of Pennsylvania, is among 78 microbiologists elected to fellowship in the American Academy of Microbiology.

Fellows of the Academy are elected annually based on their records of scientific achievement and original contributions to advance microbiology.

During the past two decades, the Roos laboratory has focused on harnessing modern techniques in cell biology and molecular genetics to investigate parasites’ biology and interactions with their hosts.

Roos has also been a leader in computational biology research, working with international genome projects to develop a variety of bioinformatics resources. For example, the Malaria Parasite Genome Database, PlasmoDB.org, is used on a daily basis by hundreds of researchers around the globe.

The complete list of newly elected members is available at www.asm.org.

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